The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is excited to announce some of its 2011 grants from the Agape Canister Program. So far in 2011, monies from Agape canisters will assist nine projects in eight countries: a Youth Camp in Albania; the Protection of the Theotokos Family Center, the St. Dimitrie Program in Romania; the St. Thomas House Orphanage in Indonesia; Youth Outreach in Kenya; Youth Day Camps in Kosovo; medical supplies in Uganda and Tanzania; and a Youth Camp in Guatemala. All of these projects will be administered by OCMC missionaries, mission priests, and mission teams during 2011 under the guidance of each respective hierarch.
OCMC 2010 Uganda Healthcare Team member Sue Nelson writes, “The last two mission trips that I participated in resulted in frustration over not having the most effective malaria medicine to offer, due to cost and availability and being somewhat misguided and ignorant of the full impact that malaria has on its victims. Medical missions are so expensive primarily because of the cost of the medications needed. Our Team applied for and received a grant from the Agape Program. We are most thankful for the Agape Program to provide this money to purchase medications.” The Agape Program has, again in 2011, awarded the Uganda Medical Team a grant to purchase medicines. Last year the team ministered to nearly 4,000 Ugandans and will do the same again this year.
For over 20 years, the Agape Canister Program has served as a philanthropic and development program of the OCMC that is dedicated to meeting the needs of children, families, and communities where Christ’s Church is newly planted and beginning to grow. Today, nearly 200 active Agape Canister Partners oversee approximately 1000 plastic Agape canisters placed in offices, restaurants, parishes, and businesses throughout the United States and Canada. New Agape partners willing to take responsibility for one or more canisters in their community are always in need. To find out more information about this vital part of international Orthodox missions and/or to become involved in the Agape Canister Program, call 1-877-GO-FORTH or email firstname.lastname@example.org.